A St. Michael's family donated $500,000 over five years for the express purpose of inviting compelling, contemporary leaders and visionaries to the St. Michael’s campus to address students in a series of stimulating talks. The series is titled EDIFY.
In accordance with EDIFY’s mission, 演讲的目的是“释放和启发圣. 迈克尔的学生，这样他们就可以形成思想和心灵的习惯，使他们能够勇敢地为共同利益做出贡献.”
The donor, who prefers to remain anonymous, 根据他在寄宿学校参加类似项目的经历，提出了这个想法. Decades later, 他回忆起他遇到的许多演讲者给他留下了深刻的印象, and said he believes such a program has tremendous value.
“I am primarily interested in practical, 非学术性科目拓展学生的批判性思维能力和世界观. They already receive academic information in school, 提高批判性思维能力是他们能够并且将在他们的一生中使用的技能,” he said.